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Black fathers on fatherhood

EQUALibrium Live starts off with a Juneteenth and Father’s Day special as we celebrate fatherhood in the Black community.

Sit down with community leaders and mentors as they discuss what fatherhood means to them, what they have learned from their fathers, and what legacy they hope to leave for future generations.


Nicholas V. Wharton, president and CEO of Charlotte Area Fund, a nonprofit that helps people below the federal poverty guidelines regarding upward mobility. Wharton has led premiere access and equity change initiatives in juvenile justice, public and private educational systems, and the corporate sector. He also serves as chair for North Carolina Council of Executive Directors Community Action Agencies, independent director for Mid Atlantic Regional Board of Directors for Fifth Third Bank, co-chairman of Women's Intercultural exchange Champions for Diverse Male Auxiliary and serves on WFAE board as the vice-chair of Board of Directors and co-chairman Race and Equity committee.

Curtis Hayes Jr. is a community activist and owns World Class Property Maintenance LLC. He gained media attention after his powerful speech during apeaceful George Floyd protest in May 2020.

Greg Jackson, is the founder and executive director of Heal Charlotte. Greg has helped train officers to communicate with the community in volatile situations. He also created an after-school camp for at-risk youth in his northeast Charlotte neighborhood of Orchard Trace Condominiums. He deployed efforts that focused on revitalizing the area with a holistic approach to the family unit.

Dante Miller is a community engagement producer for WFAE and a Report for America (RFA) Corps members. Dante first joined WFAE in 2020 through RFA to work as part of a unique partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Digital Public Library of America. Her work in that project allowed her to use radio, online stories, Wikipedia entries and events to meet the community's news and information needs.